Senior Director, National Affairs
Bill Piper is the senior director of DPA’s office of national affairs in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for ending the federal war on drugs. He lobbies Congress in support of cutting drug war waste, protecting state marijuana laws from federal interference, reforming draconian sentencing laws, re-structuring federal law enforcement agencies, and preventing drug overdoses and the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.
Piper has provided analysis and commentary on Fox News, Al Jazeera, BBC News, Voice of America, the Oliver North Radio Show, and NPR’s Marketplace. He has been quoted in dozens of regional and national newspapers, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Roll Call, Politico, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today and Washington Post. He is the author of several DPA publications, including the seminal 2008 report, A Four-Pillars Approach to Methamphetamine: Policies for Effective Drug Prevention, Treatment, Policing and Harm Reduction. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Sun-Times, Des Moines Register, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Washington Post. He is also a regulator contributor to Huffington Post and Alternet.
Prior to joining the organization, Piper was director of research for the Initiative and Referendum Institute, a national nonprofit working to preserve and expand the rights of voters to change public policy through the ballot box. Before that, he worked for U.S. Term Limits, the largest grassroots organization working to enact term limits for elected officials. He is a graduate of Indiana University with a double major in political science and economics, and has nearly twenty years of political experience in Washington, D.C.